Monday, July 18, 2022

|Podcast| The Truth About Ben and June - Alex Kiester

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Alex Kiester is the author of the Audible Original, In Her Skin, a binge-worthy thriller that topped numerous best-of charts. Alex graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a degree in creative writing. She initially worked as a technical writer, copy editor, and erotica book editor. During her lunch breaks, she began writing novels.

To bankroll her novel-writing habit, Alex worked as a Zumba instructor, casting assistant, and eventually, writing coach. After years of writing and multiple manuscripts on the shelf, Audible published her debut book, In Her Skin in October 2019.

Alex lives with her husband in Austin, TX, and when she’s not writing, she can be found reading in the bath, talking on the phone with her mom, taking long walks, practicing public speaking at Toastmasters, watching too much TV, or getting distracted by the squirrels beyond the window at her writing desk.

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"This powerful novel takes an honest, unflinching look at the challenges of modern parenthood from both sides of a marriage, including the profound shame that can come from not living up to expectations. Through the eyes of Ben and June—a couple you will root for from the beginning—Alex Keister confidently explores the tragedy that comes with hiding our fears from each other, and the healing that can come with sharing them." Tracey Lange, New York Times bestselling author of WE ARE THE BRENNANS

"In this smart and heartfelt novel, Alex Kiester tells the story of a marriage, from the heady days of new love to the disorienting transformation into parents, and in doing so tenderly reveals the complexities of sharing one's life with another person. But perhaps even more importantly, Kiester, with clear-eyed empathy, gives voice to the mothers struggling in the postpartum period, offering a nuanced look into something that is often stigmatized. Written with humor, warmth, and tremendous insight, THE TRUTH ABOUT BEN AND JUNE is an immersive, important work." Alison Wisdom, author of WE CAN ONLY SAVE OURSELVES

A heartfelt debut that explores the complexity of a modern-day marriage when a new mother vanishes one morning and her husband must retrace events of their recent past to bring her home.

Love isn’t something that happens to you; it’s something you must choose every day.

From the moment Ben and June met in a hospital waiting room on New Year’s Eve, their love has seemed fated. Looking back at all the tiny, unlikely decisions that brought them together, it was easy to believe their relationship was special. But now, after several years of marriage, June is struggling as a new mom. At times, she wonders about the life she didn’t choose—what might have been if she hadn’t given up the lead role in a famous ballet to start a family. Feeling like a bad mom and more alone than ever, she writes to her deceased mother, hoping for a sign of what she should do next.

One morning, Ben wakes to the sound of his baby and quickly realizes that June is gone, along with her suitcase. As Ben attempts to piece together June’s disappearance, her new friends mention things he knows nothing about—a mysterious petition, June’s falling-out with another mom, her strange fixation on a Greek myth. The more Ben uncovers about June, the more he realizes how little he actually knows her. And now the only way to bring June home is to understand why she left.

Told through alternating perspectives of husband and wife, The Truth About Ben and June is a witty and wise page-turner about life’s many crossroads and a heartfelt reminder that we create our own destiny.
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